Valentine’s Day Special: Bollywood love & its symptoms


Some consider love a blessing that enters their life bringing happiness and bliss while others see it as an illness which they’d rather avoid. Akash (Aamir Khan) in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001) swears that he will never fall in love especially after seeing the condition of his friends. Shalini (Preity Zinta) explains to him that love isn’t something that you do, it just happens. It is the case for many of our heroes and heroines in Bollywood films who don’t even realise that they are slowly falling in love.

As Valentine’s Day has arrived will look at five songs that tell some of the symptoms one has when they fall in love.

Difficulty sleeping
They say when one starts to fall in love they tend to lose sleep and they find no peace, such is love. What better song than ‘Mujhe neend na aaye’ from the 1990 film ‘Dil’ to explain how one feels when they lose their heart to someone. Madhuri Dixit Nene and Aamir Khan beautifully performed on this song in the vocals of Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal. Sameer wrote the lyrics for this song expressing every feeling one experiences when they begin to fall in love. This song will forever be loved as it is perfection in every way possible.

Can’t stop thinking about them
The song ‘Sari raat teri yaad’ from ‘Footpath’ (2003) was perhaps the only memorable thing about the film as well as Emraan Hashmi making his debut. It was a sweet song that had Hashmi seeing the girl he loves everywhere. At times he would start to daydream thinking he has confessed his feelings to her only to realise it was all in his mind. It was a sweet song in the voice of Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan.

Heart racing
Not many may know of this song but it is ideal for this symptom in love. In the film ‘Patita (1980) Mithun Chakraborty is seen grooving to this song in which he sings about how he’s afraid he’s falling for someone as his heart is starting to beat. Kishore Kumar sang for Chakraborty in this western style song while Bappi Lahiri created the music. One definitely gets the John Travolta vibes from Chakraborty’s outfit while when it comes to dancing, he had his own unique style of course.

Smiling a lot, happier
‘Kuch toh hua hai’ from ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003) had all the feelings of love shown effectively through this song. The song begins with some humour with most of the characters speaking about love and their thoughts on the topic. Visually the song showed various couples who all had different backgrounds which was something new to see. The lyrics focused on how Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) and Naina (Preity Zinta) could sense that something has changed within them. They were happier and full of life. Shaan and Alka Yagnik did wonders to the lyrics of Javed Akhtar and Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music was just the right touch for this song.

Missing them
Himesh Reshammiya not only sang ‘Mujhko yaad sataye teri’ from ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ (2006) but also created the music too. This funky song had Akshay Kumar and Rimi Sen performing on it alongside many backing dancers. It was quite a popular song at the time and was even remixed too. The lyrics were penned by Sameer and they work great because of the way he has expressed the feeling of missing someone in the song. One of the lyrics he wrote ‘all day all night, your memory torments me’ can one be even more on point.

The team at wishes its readers a happy Valentine’s Day!

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